Birdie Level Certification Requirements
(Participant has passed PLAYer and Par Levels and is at least 11 years of age)
For intermediate golfers age 11 and 12 (and older), this level of instruction is comprised of eight lessons (two hours each) and includes all the skills of playing golf such as swing mechanics, rules of the game and managing your game with different clubs. Participants must have successfully completed the PAR Level of instruction.
ATTENDANCE: During the eight-week session at the end of which participants intend to move up, they MUST have attended six out of eight classes. A minimum of 48 hours (at least three 8-week sessions) of training is required, depending on individual student’s age and skill level.
HOMEWORK: It is critical that students complete the homework assignments given each week by their coaches. These are found in the Yardage Book they receive appropriate to the level of training. It is also imperative that they find time to practice their golf skills between classes.
LIFE SKILLS: Pass a Life Skills/Healthy Habits test composed of 24 questions by scoring 20 out of 24.
GOLF SKILLS: Pass a Golf Knowledge test composed of 20 questions by scoring 16 out of 20.
PUTTING: Pass a putting test consisting of 9 holes from 10, 20, and 30 feet quickly, safely and courteously, counting all strokes and penalties, and achieving a maximum score of 23.
SHORT GAME: Pass a three-hole short game test (chipping and putting) from distances of 5. 10 and 15 yards (from the rough to the green), counting all strokes and penalties, and achieving a maximum score of 21.
GREENS: Pass a full-swing test, hitting six balls to a green 55-75 yards away, three of the six balls coming to rest on the green.
AGE: The participant must pass the above tests and skills, and achieve the minimum age of 13 not later than the first day of the next session in order to progress to the next (Eagle) level.
ROUNDS: Before certification at the Birdie level and before registration for Eagle level, each participant must play five nine-hole rounds of golf on a regulation golf course from a total distance of 1,900 to 2,500 yards, counting all strokes and penalties, achieving a maximum score of 63, turning in five attested (witnessed) score cards. Only then may they be enrolled at Eagle level.
Birdie level presents the Golf Fundamentals of Distance Response, Target Orientation, Get Ready to Swing, Body Balance, Clubface and Ball contact, and adds Swing Rhythm and Pre- and Post-Shot Routines.